Senator Craig Will Seek To Take Back Plea

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senator Larry Craig is about to begin a fight
to clear himself of charges stemming from a bathroom sex sting in a
Minnesota airport.

Attorney William Martin says he will file court documents today
asking to withdraw the Idaho Republican's guilty plea to a
disorderly conduct charge.

Such requests are rarely granted and Martin would not discuss
the argument he plans to make in court.

Craig says he regrets his decision to plead guilty, and says he
did so due to stress and a desire to put the matter behind him.

Craig originally announced he would resign from the Senate, then
said he was reconsidering. His chief spokesman later said Craig has
mostly dropped that idea.

Republican Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania tells CNN that
Craig is entitled to his day in court and that he doubts Craig
would be convicted if tried.


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